where has the time gone? three months since my last eleanor update...and a big three months they have been. i feel like e has grown leaps and bounds in terms of development. she comprehends so much and expresses herself in so many different ways it's hard to believe.
height- 33.5in. (100%/off the charts)
weight- 24lbs. 5.2oz (85%)
we have entered what i am assuming is toddlerdom. eleanor has a will and she would like us all to know it. she is not afraid to let us know if she isn't getting her way either by crying, arching her back and becoming limp, or by clenching her jaw. there have been a few occasions of biting but we seemed to have nipped that one in the bud (hehe pun intended). we haven't experienced any massive tantrums but there have been moments where the whining has me unhinged. when she gets into a fit over something i've been letting her, telling her i understand that she's upset and that if she needs to cry that's ok, mama is here and will be when she's finished.
eleanor is fully weaned! for about a month now she has been drinking two cups of whole milk a day and no more of mama's. surprisingly this was a fairly easy transition for both of us and i have been enjoying having the tata's to myself for a few months before the little guy arrives. e has become proficient at feeding herself with a spoon and she takes such pride in it. there are sometimes where she ends up wearing quite a bit of what she's eating and others where she gives up and just goes in with her hand but overall she's doing well. she still eats nearly everything we put in front of her and typically favors high flavor, ethnic food. vegetables are harder to get her to eat some days so i keep those organic veggie pouches on hand for days when i feel she hasn't had enough.
eleanor still isn't talking and it's getting hard not to compare her to other kids. i know that research shows bilingual children to be slower to talk so we are trying to stick to what we are doing and just let her move at her own pace. the cool thing is that she understands and responds to both english and flemish. she knows all of her body parts in both languages, lots of animals in both, and responds to commands in both. how much her little brain holds is remarkable.
e loves to read. her favorite books right now are little owl lost, don't let the pigeon drive the bus, and 10 little rubber ducks. we must read those three books at least 5 times a day each. she also enjoys puzzles. her favorites are two with animals and one with stacking shapes. once we moved past the eating crayons stage it opened up a whole new activity for us. eleanor loves to color and we spend some time every day drawing a picture or playing on her chalkboard wall.
we recently joined the aquatic center here in holland and twice a week we go to the preschool splash zone which is basically an indoor water gym. the first time we went e was timid and held my hand the entire time. the second time she walked right into the water and i spent the next hour chasing her around. it's nice to have an indoor activity for the winter.
eleanor is such a love bug! she gives the best hugs and kisses. i cherish every moment that she lets me snuggle her because i know that there will come a time when i will long for it. she has also started doing "neus neus" which is just a flemish version of eskimo kisses. at night when she's ready for bed i usually sway with her and sing a song. lately she has been making the "mmuah!" sound while i sing in anticipation of the kiss i always give before laying her down. it kills me!
as with every stage we've reached thus far i can proclaim that this one is my favorite!